Generac suggests investing in backup power, home maintenance and emergency supplies
Weather drives the majority of power outages in the U.S., and winter is prime time for ice, snow, wind and freezing temperatures to create hazardous conditions that lead to utility power failures. Without proper preparation, winter storms can also have a significant impact on the family and the house itself. Generac Power Systems is making it easier to prepare for winter storms with a list of insightful readiness tips to help homeowners make their home safe and storm-ready.
Focus First On Emergency Power
Arranging for backup power is a key component in preparing for winter weather. Power loss can have a negative and cascading effect on the home that amplifies existing health and safety risks.
Perform Outside Maintenance
Ice buildup is one of the most frequently occurring and potentially paralyzing winter storm hazards. The weight of ice can bring down power lines and tree limbs, causing widespread power outages. In fact, according to Weather.com, only ½ in. of ice can add 500 lb. to the weight of a tree branch, and a 2009 ice storm that affected northern Arkansas to the Ohio Valley resulted in power outages affecting 1.3 million people. Additionally, roof and water damage can be costly but can be avoided by properly preparing the exterior of your home for harsh winter weather.
Any preparations outside of the home should be completed before the snow, ice, and frozen ground make it too difficult to carry out.
Get To The Garage, And Make The Garage Easy To Get To
Maintenance tools that are important to storm safety and cleanup are commonly stored in the garage. They may not be used often but are vital when extreme weather causes a power outage, slippery surfaces and freezing temperatures. Make sure these items are available and in working order.
The Kitchen As the Go-To Room
Blizzard conditions make using the kitchen a priority. It is the heart of the home, where family has access to food, water and first aid. Ample supplies should be available throughout the course of the storm and initial clean up.
The Bathroom For Emergencies
Running out of medications can be disastrous when wintry conditions preclude a trip to the pharmacy. The medicine cabinet should be appropriately stocked to run the course of the storm and initial clean up.
The Home Office As Command Central
When emergencies occur during extreme winter weather, it is imperative to have vital information and documentation available at a moment’s notice. The home office is a go-to destination for storage of physical copies of important documents.
Powering Through The Storm
Preparing the home in advance for extreme winter weather is central to creating a safe and comfortable environment to ride it out. Generac Power Systems offers the broadest range of home backup generators that turn on automatically when utility power goes out, ensuring life goes on as usual despite dangerous power outages. For more information and detailed winter weather-related safety tips, visit www.generac.com/be-prepared/prepare-for-high-winter-storms.
Generac Power Systems, Inc. (NYSE: GNRC) is a leading global supplier of backup power and prime power products, systems and engine-powered tools. Back in 1959, our founder was committed to designing, engineering and manufacturing the first affordable backup generator. Fifty-seven years later, the same dedication to innovation, durability and excellence has resulted in the company’s ability to expand its industry-leading product portfolio into homes and small businesses, on job sites, and in industrial and mobile applications across the globe. Generac offers single engine backup and prime power systems up to 12 MW and paralleled solutions up to 100 MW, and uses a variety of fuel sources to support power needs for our customers. We are proud to be named, in back-to-back years, the Frost & Sullivan 2014 and 2015 North American Natural Gas Generator Set Company of the Year. Visit Generac.com for more information.